More than 3,000 new reinfection cases in Peterborough as people catch coronavirus for second time or more

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
On average, there were 3,528 new daily Covid reinfections between 17 and 24 March in Peterborough

Thousands of people are becoming reinfected with Covid every day in Peterborough - as the latest wave of infections is likely to be driven by the Omicron variant BA.2, a more transmissable form of the virus.

As of 24 March, 3,623 new Covid reinfections were reported across the local authority, analysis of data from the UK Covid dashboard reveals.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

It means thousands of people in the area reported having previously had the virus at least once.

More than 3,500 cases have caught Covid more than once in Peterborough (image: Getty).More than 3,500 cases have caught Covid more than once in Peterborough (image: Getty).
More than 3,500 cases have caught Covid more than once in Peterborough (image: Getty).

On March 24, new daily reinfection cases were up by 186 week-on-week, from 3,437 on 17 March - a rise of 5 per cent.

The rolling rate of Covid reinfections in Peterborough was 92.3 per 100,000 people as of 20 March, according to the latest available data.

Positive cases are only counted as re-infections if they occurred at least 90 days after a person’s last positive test.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

If two positive tests are closer together than this, they are counted as one episode of infection.

However, the Government figures have always under-represented the true level of Covid in the country, because they only count people who have reported themselves as having tested positive.

This means they are affected by how many people are taking tests and choosing to report the results.

Within the past week, 1,624 cases of Covid have been reported in Peterborough (as of 25 March).

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

While nationally wearing a face mask is no longer a rule, this is not the case in GP surgeries or hospitals - and one Peterborough doctor is still urging patients to think of others.

Dr Anthony Gunstone, a GP in Ely, said: “Despite the easing of Covid restrictions the disease has not gone away.

"Every day there are people coming into GP practices and hospitals who have weak or compromised immune systems and they still need protecting.

"We urge you to think of other patients and staff who still need to be kept safe.”


Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.